The first question posed to Perry Mandera during an interview about his career was what does an average day at work look for him. This question was followed up with another question that asked Mr. Mandera what he does to make his workday more productive.
Perry Mandera says that his days at work involve a lot of time spent talking on the phone with potential customers, vendors or employees. He also says he sleeps very little. Mr. Mandera states that he begins his work day by returning any phone calls or email that he may have missed. He says he does the same thing before going to bed. It is fair to say that Mr. Mandera is a very hard worker.
Perry says that he talks on the phone about work for over 9,000 minutes every month. He says he answers over 300 business related emails almost every day as well. Mr. Mandera is very busy communicating with all the different players and teams involved in his company.
In addition to talking and emailing employees, vendors, and clients, Mr. Mandera says he has business lunches frequently. Perry Mandera says he also likes to go out for entertainment and that may entail entertaining a client as well. Whatever spare time Mr. Mandera has is dedicated to his family.
Perry Mandera than answered a question about how he brings his ideas to life in business. Mr. Mandera says he brings ideas to life by bouncing proposals, ideas or suggestions from other people. He trusts in and takes the advice of his executives. Mandera believes he has a very competent team. Some of his executives have been with him for over three decades. Perry Mandera also says that he uses outside consultants or industrial psychologists when needed or when their feedback or insight would be valuable.
Mr. Mandera than responded to a question about how his field is evolving and if he is excited about the changes happening. Perry Mandera says that technology is changing the logistics and transportation business literally by the day. He says that the constant change ensures that no day at work is without surprise. The tech innovation is something that really amazes and excites Perry Mandera.